Metatron wrote:Yup. Phone call was useless. They know. Whatever...
rogue27 wrote:I wonder if the set won't come out in NA due to the design of the barmaid and the way our culture handles such things.
JoshWedin wrote:In fact, how many people are interested in this set as an Advent Calendar. A few maybe. Not the vast majority of us though.
Dunechaser wrote:Just because Metatron got this answer -- and we're all likely to get this answer in the short term -- doesn't mean that those of who haven't e-mailed or called yet should not do so.
JoshWedin wrote:I think the reason that The Advent Calendar wasn't released here is much more basic than most people realize. Advent Calendars, in general, are not a major tradition in the US. They are very big in Europe. Lego's versions of the Advent Calendars are never been very popular here, in the past. In fact, how many people are interested in this set as an Advent Calendar. A few maybe. Not the vast majority of us though.
In the eyes of Lego Marketing, why would this Advent Calendar be any different? Of course we disagree, but Lego Marketing isn't really in touch with their fan base at all. Not at all like the design department.
Tower of Iron Will wrote:Good point Josh. I would like to hope that a "Castle" advent calendar would sell better than a "City" one but am not sure as this is the first Castle one.
Your point about LEGO Marketing is dead-on. Any company that has a marketing dept that doesn't understand it's biggest market will suffer if not fail eventually. Any business student will tell you that. I just wish LEGO would stop the specuation as to why not by telling us. It's only going to make us madder by making us wait.
Gumby wrote:Anyhow, I'll be surprised if LEGO ever makes it public as to why they decided not to sell the Castle Advent Calendar in the North American market.
Dunechaser wrote:Not entirely true. According to LEGO Community Team members, the big retailers failed to pick up the set. We've all been blaming LEGO marketing (and we should still ask why it's not available as a S@H exclusive), but this set's unavailability is largely due to lack of interest from Target, Wal-Mart, and Toys R Us.
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